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Colorado Dems kill bill to have harsher penalties for child prostitution crimes

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© Getty ImagesA female prisoner in handcuffs at jail.
Colorado Democrats killed a bill this month that would have created a mandatory minimum sentence of four years for child prostitution. Under the current law, people who commit sex offenses against children can be charged with probation-eligible offenses.

"Probation-eligible offenses" refers to crimes for which a judge has the discretion to sentence the offender to probation instead of incarceration.

House Bill 1092 was postponed indefinitely in the House's State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee — dubbed the "kill committee" by state lawmakers — by an 8 to 3 party-line vote. Postponing a bill indefinitely is a legislative tool used to terminate the main motion without taking a direct vote.

Comment: They reveal themselves through their actions.

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Smiley

'Russia must win this war' - Canada's Trudeau

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© Sergei GAPON / AFPCanada's prime minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a joint press conference with Poland's prime minister in Warsaw on February 26, 2024.
The PM made a Freudian slip during a pro-Ukraine speech in Poland.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urged NATO countries to raise their military spending and send more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, but seemed to herald a Russian victory in the conflict in an apparent slip-up.

Trudeau spoke in Warsaw after meetings with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Andrzej Duda - both of whom are vocal supporters of Ukraine, but are political opponents at home.

Comment: In the end, the truth gets out.

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Black Magic

Half of Western arms arrive late - Ukrainian defense chief

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© Aleksandr Gusev/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesUkrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov at a forum on Sunday in Kiev.
Rustem Umerov has complained that delayed weapons deliveries are to blame for battlefield losses.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov has said that continuing delays in weapons deliveries from Kiev's Western backers are playing a major role in the loss of troops and ground.
"At the moment, commitment doesn't constitute delivery," Umerov said on Sunday at a forum in Kiev. "50% of commitments are not delivered on time." He added, "Basically, whatever committed that doesn't come on time, we'll lose people, we'll lose territories."
Umerov made the comments as Ukraine's conflict with Russia dragged into its third year amid ammunition shortages and struggles to have a new $60 billion aid package approved by US lawmakers.

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Vader

Best of the Web: Bombshell NYT report confirms CIA built "12 secret spy bases" in Ukraine & waged a 'shadow war' on Russia for the last decade

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© Efrem Lukatsky / Associated PressUkrainians such as these civilians shown taking part in resistance training in early February, 2022 in Kyiv have been bracing for a Russian invasion for months. The CIA has been preparing for years.
On Sunday The New York Times published an explosive and very belated full admission that US intelligence has not only been instrumental in Ukraine wartime decision-making, but has established and financed high tech command-and-control spy centers, and was doing so long prior to the Feb. 24 Russian invasion of two years ago.

Among the biggest revelations is that the program was established a decade ago and spans three different American presidents. The Times says the CIA program to modernize Ukraine's intelligence services has "transformed" the former Soviet state and its capabilities into "Washington's most important intelligence partners against the Kremlin today."

This has included the agency having secretly trained and equipped Ukrainian intelligence officers spanning back to just after the 2014 Maidan coup events, as well constructing a network of 12 secret bases along the Russian border — work which began eight years ago. These intelligence bases, from which Russian commanders' communications can be swept up and Russian spy satellites monitored, are being used launch and track cross-border drone and missile attacks on Russian territory.

Megaphone

Inconvenient! Ukraine's Top Spy Chief Says Navalny Died From Blood Clot, Rejects 'Murder' Narrative

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In a very unexpected plot twist, Ukraine appears to be in agreement with the Kremlin on Alexei Navalny's death inside a far northern Russian prison which occurred on Feb. 16 and was listed by Russian authorities as officially due to "natural causes". The dominant Western narrative has thus far been that Putin had him "murdered".

Yet now Kiev sources are saying that the anti-Putin activist supported by the West died of a blood clot. Surprisingly, this explanation is being advanced among Ukraine media sources after none other than Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, chief of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR), bluntly stated it to a group of journalists on Sunday. "I may disappoint you, but as far as we know, he indeed died as a result of a blood clot. And this has been more or less confirmed," Budanov stated.

"This wasn't sourced from the internet, but, unfortunately, natural [causes]," he added in the remarks which were also caught on video. The spy chief's words were also picked up in The Daily Mail, though predictably US mainstream outlets have been slow to acknowledge the assessment.

Comment: Who stood to benefit from Navalny's death? Given that he likely died a 'natural' death (some have suggested that he was jabbed with Pfizer), the West likely just saw an opportunity to rally the Western populations in the daily "2 minutes of hate" against Russia and push for more weapons to Ukraine. It also served conveniently to distract from ever increasing losses on the frontlines.

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Star of David

Netanyahu has lost Saudi Arabia, and Biden will lose the US election

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The moral authority of the U.S. has been ripped from Washington, DC. by the power of the genocide and war crimes in Gaza, carried out by Israel while using weapons sent to Tel Aviv from the U.S. State Department.

Saudi rains fire down on Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in late 2022 that his priority was to sign a normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia. He called it his number one objective for Israel's national security. Now, he has lost his dream.

Saudi Arabia stood up alongside 51 countries, and testified at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel's attack on Gaza which has been classified as genocide, and apartheid by human rights experts, South Africa and others. The evidence being presented to the ICJ rule is to prove that the occupation of Palestine is illegal, and must be ended.

Saudi Arabia condemned Israel's actions in Gaza, and the Occupied West Bank as legally indefensible. Ziad Al-Atiyah, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the Netherlands, strongly condemned Israel for its actions in Palestine which defy international law.

Arrow Up

Biden administration restores policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

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© Gustavo Garello/APUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken • Press conference at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina • February 23, 2024
The Biden administration on Friday restored a U.S. legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are "illegitimate" under international law.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. believes settlements are inconsistent with Israel's obligations, reversing a determination made by his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, in the Biden administration's latest shift away from the pro-Israel policies pursued by former President Donald Trump.

Blinken's comments came in response to a reporter's question about an announcement that Israel would build more than 3,300 new homes in West Bank settlements as a riposte to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack.

It wasn't clear why Blinken chose this moment, more than three years into his tenure, to reverse Pompeo's decision. But it came at a time of growing U.S.-Israeli tensions over the war in Gaza, with the latest settlement announcement only adding to the strain. It also came as the United Nations' highest court, the International Court of Justice, is holding hearings into the legality of the Israeli occupation.

Comment: Decades, of 'really good' words from diplomats brighter than Blinky, have not phased Israel's trajectory. Then is now...only worse.


Bullseye

US sanctions threaten world order - China

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© Getty Images / Zhao Jun; China News Service; VCGChina's Commerce Ministry spokesperson He Yadong
Washington's latest round of sanctions against Russia and its partners, including China, is yet another example of US "economic coercion" undermining global trade relations, China's Commerce Ministry said on Monday.

The US Treasury announced a new list of sanctions on Friday, targeting some 500 individuals and entities in Russia, as well as several Chinese companies, for Russia-related reasons.

Commenting on the restrictions, the Chinese Commerce Ministry stated on its official website that "the US approach is a typical example of unilateral sanctions, 'long-arm jurisdiction' and economic coercion, which undermines international economic and trade rules and order, and damages the security and stability of global industry and supply chains."

Beijing stressed that it firmly opposes such moves and vowed to take all necessary measures to "resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises."

Chess

Xi isn't destroying China's economy - he's changing it

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© Handout / Uzbek Presidential Press Service / AFP
If there's one thoroughly unoriginal strand of thought on China present in the mainstream media today, it is the idea that China's economy has been wrecked, and that Xi Jinping's policies are to blame.

Such commentary, pushed by every major mainstream outlet on a weekly basis, frequently promotes a narrative of the "end" of China's rise, often talks about "decline" and squarely places responsibility on Xi Jinping, who supposedly ended the dynamic of an open and prosperous China for increasingly centralized, authoritarian rule and a return to communist fundamentals.

Such an article was pushed this week by the editorial board of the Washington Post, in a piece titled "Xi is tanking China's economy. That's bad for the US". The article was hardly original in its premise, stating the above argument pretty much word for word. When this argument is pushed, it always conveniently ignores the broader context that the world economy is in dire straits, and moreover the more pressing elephant in the room, that American foreign policy has been deliberately detrimental if not outright antagonistic to global economic prospects as a whole.

Broom

Trump WINS South Carolina primary, handing war-crazed Nikki Haley a whopping defeat in her home state

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Donald Trump took another step towards a general election rematch with Joe Biden by decimating Nikki Haley in her home state in the South Carolina Republican primary.

The result was called just seconds after polls closed in an embarrassing night for Haley who has vowed to stay in the race even as her path to the nomination rapidly closes.

Trump declared his swift victory at his Election Day party held on the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, saying with a smirk: 'This was a little sooner than we anticipated.'

Trump's victory builds on the surging momentum he has built coming out of wins in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Comment: Nikki Haley's presence in the election season is primarily to get the elite's desires Trojan-horsed into the Republican primaries. She is solely a creation of her backers, a war-harpy who's only concern is advancing the interests of her war crazy backers.